At 15 feet in length and 240 pounds hull weight, the Albacore is a great first boat for those who are just learning to sail and a very competive racer for more advanced sailors. The Albacore is a fast and lively boat while being relatively easy to learn to sail and race. Swept spreaders supporting a tapered mast with a powerful vang and adjustable sail controls allow a crew to depower in high winds – enabling both light and heavy crews to race head to head A very versatile boat, it is often sailed by husband/wife and parent child combinations. Some of the all women teams are the most competitive in the class. Those looking for a simple to learn, yet high performance sailing dinghy can join the ranks of Albacore sailors who come from all walks of life and range in age from teenagers to masters pushing 80 years of experience.
The Albacore is a boat that is both simple to get into at first, and one which will challenge your tuning and tactical skills for the rest of your life.
The Albacore Internationals are well under way in Weymouth but they also incorporate the UK Nationals. These were concluded with Tom Lonsdale and Stephen Graham taking the National Championship and leading the fleet discarding only a 3rd at the moment.
Rest day for the Albacore fleet at the 2017 Peak-Ryzex Albacore International Championships but that doesn't mean they take it literally - great Tech Talk from Barney Harris about up and down wind settings.
RELIVE - Albacore Internationals 2017 - It's Been A Blast
The champions, Lonsdale and Stephen, may have won yesterday but it was a duel to the end for the other podium positions. Barney Harris and Dave Smith (USA 8258) just pipping Chris Turner and Alex Hayman (GBR 8236) with both teams picking up a 1st and 2nd. Good breeze and a broad reach and these b...